Up, do you remember the UP movie? “Adventure is out there!” I was tickled pink when I found out about a real-life Up house that was built by Bangerter Homes in Harriman, Utah in July of 2011.
Mr. Bangerter, the builder, is an animation buff and wanted to create this house for that reason, but also because of his other passion which is houses. After getting approval from Disney, Bangerter Homes and a team of subcontractors painstakingly made a replica of the movie house down to each and every detail including the weather vane, the front door, the light above the door, mail box, and the garden hose. Building a real life cartoon house is an adventure, venture on and see the results.
But, only a couple of the rooms from the Up movie were replicated. The builders used their imagination for the rest of the home that includes extra bedrooms, a movie theater, a finished basement, and they added a garage.
The 2,800 square foot Victorian replica was on the market for $399,000 and is located at 13222 S. Herriman Rose, 5390 West in Harriman, Utah. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Tours where then ongoing until it was sold.
Some of the surrounding property owners were hoping the house would be repainted a more muted tone to comply with the homeowners association, but not all of them felt this way and realized that if it is painted then its uniqueness will be gone and there would be nothing special about the house or their neighborhood. I would have a hard time asking the new owners to repaint their darling Up house, wouldn’t you?
But what about flying houses, can houses really fly? Back in March of 2011, National Geographic had a team at an airstrip in Los Angeles build a 16 x 16 foot, 18 foot tall house and used 300, 8 foot brightly colored weather balloons, and set a world record for “largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. Their real-life Up house went up 10,000 feet and flew for about an hour. The Up experiment was for a new National Geographic show called How Hard Can It Be. I wish I had seen that, it would have been magical. Seeing the pictures and reading about it is close to magic.
Lift Off. It took a lot of work to get everything balanced just right to get the house flying straight up and level. I am thinking of this as an extra, extra large hot air balloon ride, but it’s a flying house, pinch me, it is a flying house.
There it goes. I wonder if someone not connected with the experiment saw this flying house on the morning of its flight, and I wonder what they would have thought. I picture them rubbing their eyes to make sure they are seeing what they are seeing. Just incredible. There is an Up house video on National Geographic to watch to get the full effect or youtube here.
Goodbye flying house. Goodbye Real Life Up house; hope you like your new owners.
Another Movie houses like the “Up” house is Fun with Dick and Jane movie house.